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Qualcomm Seeks China iPhone Ban, Escalating Apple Legal Fight (bloomberg.com) 36

Qualcomm filed lawsuits in China seeking to ban the sale and manufacture of iPhones in the country, the chipmaker's biggest shot at Apple so far in a sprawling and bitter legal fight. From a report: The San Diego-based company aims to inflict pain on Apple in the world's largest market for smartphones and cut off production in a country where most iPhones are made. The product provides almost two-thirds of Apple's revenue. Qualcomm filed the suits in a Beijing intellectual property court claiming patent infringement and seeking injunctive relief, according to Christine Trimble, a company spokeswoman. "Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them," Trimble said. An Apple spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday. Qualcomm's suits are based on three non-standard essential patents, it said. They cover power management and a touch-screen technology called Force Touch that Apple uses in current iPhones, Qualcomm said. The inventions "are a few examples of the many Qualcomm technologies that Apple uses to improve its devices and increase its profits," Trimble said. The company made the filings at the Beijing court on Sept. 29. The court has not yet made them public.
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Qualcomm Seeks China iPhone Ban, Escalating Apple Legal Fight

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  • What part of the patents require Qualcomm to the only sticker applied to new cell phones?

  • by HBI ( 604924 )

    True, they can sit on their cash for aeons, but Apple as a tastemaker has literally already died. The last vestiges of the reality distortion field let up, and now it's back to early 90's Apple, the company that couldn't do anything right.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    [ ] Monopolies and process patents are evil
    [ ] Apple is teh suck

    Choose wisely.

  • OH the irony! Now what would be really funny is if we see Microsoft buy into the lawsuits and even buy up a large portion of Qualcomm under Nokia. Nokia phones with a Microsoft branded Android OS would be one hell of a funny outcome if Qualcomm takes a dive trying to extort Apple. I just wonder why they don't go after Apple somewhere in the states, seems that they don't have the cojones. Then again Qualcomm most likely does not yet have the secondary support from Redmond quite yet to take on the Apple. Seem
  • and they could put the hurt on android

A motion to adjourn is always in order.

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